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3:10 PM ET, September 24, 2014


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New York Times:
Wrong Turn on Syria: No Convincing Plan  —  President Obama has put America at the center of a widening war by expanding into Syria airstrikes against the Islamic State, the Sunni extremist group known as ISIS and ISIL.  He has done this without allowing the public debate that needs to take place …
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Obama's Iraq Is Not Bush's Iraq
Washington Post:
In Syria, Obama stretches legal and policy constraints he created for counterterrorism
UPDATE |  Jim Traficant in ‘very critical’ condition; farm accident detailed  —  GREENFORD — Ex-U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. is in “very critical condition” after an accident on his family farm, his wife, Tish Traficant, said today.  —  The former congressman, 73, is …
Former Congressman Jim Traficant critically injured in farm accident  —  GREENFORD, Ohio -  —  Former Ohio Congressman, Jim Traficant, is hospitalized after being seriously injured in a farm accident.  —  Traficant was found just before 8:00 p.m. Tuesday under an overturned tractor …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
In conservative media, Obamacare is a disaster.  In the real world, it's working.  —  Before Obamacare launched, conservative outlets warned that the law would collapse as insurers shunned the overpriced, overregulated insurance exchanges.  “More Insurers Drop Out Of Exchanges,” warned Fox Business.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Paul Ryan Declares War Against Math
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Reporters say White House sometimes demands changes to press-pool reports  —  White House press-pool reports are supposed to be the news media's eyes and ears on the president, an independent chronicle of his public activities.  They are written by reporters for other reporters …
French hostage Herve Gourdel ‘beheaded in Algeria’  —  An Algerian jihadist group has released a video that appears to show the beheading of French tourist Herve Gourdel, who was seized on Sunday.  —  Jund al-Khilafa, an ally of the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria and Iraq …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
New York Times Promotes Editors, in Change of Leadership Structure  —  The executive editor of The New York Times announced broad changes to the newspaper's leadership Wednesday, replacing titles that had been used for decades and promoting several senior editors.
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Barack Obama roasted over ‘Starbucks salute’  —  Many criticized the coffee-in-hand salute by Obama.  White House Instagram
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Why I can't resign now  —  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is pushing back against suggestions that she should soon retire, saying President Barack Obama would be unable to get a justice like her through the Senate.  —  “Who do you think President Obama …
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Conservative lawmakers secretly plot to oust John Boehner  —  For months, several clusters of conservative lawmakers have been secretly huddling inside and outside the Capitol, plotting to oust John Boehner from the Speaker's office when House Republicans regroup after the November elections.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Secret G.O.P. Records Reveal Corporate Donors Paying for Access to Governors  —  WASHINGTON — In politics, it is sometimes better to be lucky than good.  Republicans and Democrats, and groups sympathetic to both, spend millions on sophisticated technology to gain an advantage.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Continue to Say a Third Political Party Is Needed  —  Views little changed from last year  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A majority of U.S. adults, 58%, say a third U.S. political party is needed because the Republican and Democratic parties “do such a poor job” representing the American people.
Discussion: Fox News and CBS DC
Justice Dept. to investigate police shooting of Fairfield man  —  Special grand jury declines to indict officers in Walmart shooting  —  A special grand jury has declined to indict either police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a Tri-State man at a Dayton-area Walmart.
Discussion: Liberaland and Raw Story
Martha T. Moore / Associated Press:
Arkansas poll: Senate and governor races all tied up  —  A new USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll shows just how tough Democrats have it in the fight keep control the U.S. Senate: Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor, running for re-election in a state President Obama lost, is all tied up with GOP challenger Tom Cotton.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Phil Attinger / News-Sun:
Sebring man accidentally shoots wife  —  SEBRING — A man who thought he heard and saw an intruder Sunday morning at his Sebring home opened fire and hit the person, who turned out to be his wife.  —  Cmdr.  Steve Carr with the Sebring Police Department said Eusebio Christian, 47 …
Discussion: Liberaland and Talking Points Memo
Jack Healy / New York Times:
In Colorado, a Student Counterprotest to an Anti-Protest Curriculum  —  ARVADA, Colo. — A new conservative school board majority here in the Denver suburbs recently proposed a curriculum-review committee to promote patriotism, respect for authority and free enterprise and to guard …
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
State rep candidate voted in Illinois and Wisconsin  —  Republican Kathy Myalls is urging voters to elect her to a seat in the Illinois State Legislature.  —  But will she vote for herself?  —  It's a fair question, since records show Myalls has voted in both Illinois and Wisconsin in recent years.
Rebecca Traister / The New Republic:
How to Reveal You Had an Abortion  —  A guide for Wendy Davis and other politicians  —  I don't mean to suggest that there is some right or wrong way to tell an abortion story, but when Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis recently revealed that she had ended two pregnancies, it felt a bit like a missed opportunity.
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Facebook to cut ties with conservative policy group  —  Facebook will possibly end its relationship with a controversial conservative policy organization over its stance on climate change, The Chronicle learned Tuesday.  —  The social media giant in Menlo Park would be the second Silicon Valley giant …
James Cook / Business Insider:
The Emma Watson Naked Photo Countdown Was The Work Of Serial Internet Hoaxers  —  A mysterious countdown website emerged on Monday that hinted at the imminent reveal of naked photographs of the actress Emma Watson, stolen using the same iCloud vulnerability that hackers used to steal photographs …
Jack Jenkins / ThinkProgress:
Southern Baptists Kick Out Gay-Friendly Church  —  The Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the nation's largest protestant denomination, has kicked out a California church whose pastor embraces homosexuality, claiming that the minister and the church are not in …
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New York Times:
Wall St. Bankrolls Ex-Executive as He Sues Over A.I.G. Bailout
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Jonathan Murray / Talking Points Memo:
The Long, Slow Road To Fraud-Free Elections In Afghanistan
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obama endures as the lesser evil for liberals
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Hot Air
Alice Ollstein / ThinkProgress:
Virginia Candidate Who Backed Forced Ultrasound Law Tries To Win Back Women Voters
Discussion: Twitchy and Raw Story
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Exclusive: Lois Lerner breaks silence
Discussion: American Spectator
Thomas Tracy / NY Daily News:
Pregnant woman thrown, held belly-down to the ground by NYPD cop in Brooklyn
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
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Washington Examiner:
What if we applied feminist logic to other crimes?
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
America Out of Whack
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